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RUGBY UNION - Much-changed Wasps beaten at Saracens

Coventry Editorial 26th Oct, 2021 Updated: 26th Oct, 2021   0

A much-changed Wasps side were beaten 56-15 away at Saracens as England wing Max Malins ran in four tries to condemn Lee Blackett’s side to defeat at the StoneX Stadium.


Malins touched down once in the first-half before crossing for a further three scores in the second period with Jamie George, Billy Vunipola, Alex Lozowski and Ben Earl also dotting down.


Wasps staged a mini comeback in the second-half when Jimmy Gopperth and Zach Kibirige both crossed for tries in the space of two minutes but the visitors were ultimately unable to cope with the league’s most potent attack.


The result leaves Wasps down in 10th place in the Gallagher Premiership table although they do have a game in-hand on the majority of the teams above them.


Despite Wasps enjoying some possession early on, two penalties from the boot of Owen Farrell put the home side into a six-point lead after 10 minutes.


And Saracens scored their first try just two minutes later when George went over from Vincent Koch’s pass.


Wasps reduced the deficit on 17 minutes when Gopperth kicked a penalty only for Malins to score the first of his four tries midway through the half.


B Vunipola then crossed for Sarries third try just two minutes before the interval after driving over from a scrum close to the Wasps line to give his side a healthy 27-3 lead at half-time.


And the home side picked up where they left off after the break when George passed to Malins out wide who dotted down for his second try on 42 minutes.


Wasps finally managed to break through the Saracens defence on 53 minutes when Ali Crossdale’s superb cut out pass was finished by Gopperth in the right corner.


Lee Blackett’s side then went the length of the pitch for their second try just two minutes later when Crossdale kicked into space and Kibirige won the foot race before kicking the ball in front of him and touching down.


However, Wasps fightback was ended on the hour mark when Malins completed his hat-trick from Farrell’s looping pass.


And Malins ran in his fourth try of the afternoon on 63 minutes after exchanging passes with Farrell to score Sarries sixth try of the match.


The capital club soon added their seventh try when Lozowski scored close to the posts on 69 minutes after some neat link-up play with fellow replacement Alex Lewington.


Saracens completed the rout in the 82nd minute when Earl forced his way underneath the sticks to inflict Wasps heaviest defeat of the season so far.


Wasps are next in action away at Bath Rugby on Saturday, October 30 with kick-off at the Recreation Ground at 3pm.

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